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dubarry sewing – best colors for your type

Today I have some images from a great sewing booklet by DuBarry Patterns, published in 1945. It includes tons of tips and techniques for sewing success as well as a really great color photo chart suggesting which colors suit you best! I’ve included both the full spread, and a much larger scan so you can […]

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Free Download - 16 page PDF and eBook - Butterick Fashion News April 1943


Another free download for you! This issue of Butterick Fashion News contains sixteen pages of beautiful illustrations of the latest sewing patterns available in April 1943. There are some seriously gorgeous styles in this one! To purchase original catalogs (just like this one!) and sewing patterns, please visit Judy at vintage4me2. Judy is currently having […]

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authentic eyewear for vintage lovers

Today I’m proud to announce my newest partner – Victory Optical! Victory Optical is a decades old company that was originally founded in 1941 by Vincent J. Salierno. At the height of their success, Victory was the leading name in fashion-forward eyewear with innovative designs that appealed to the likes of Buddy Holly, Dean Martin, […]

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free download – simplicity patterns nov. 1943

Here’s a special Christmas edition of Simplicity’s mini sewing pattern catalog from 1943. Fun, festive stuff in this one! Please feel free to link to this page, pin this page, or send your friends here. Please do not redistribute, re-post, or sell these downloads (in whole or part) anywhere else. I have made it available […]

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milkweeds for the war effort

Recently I posted a photo of a funny looking plant that I grew up frolicking amongst every Fall: the Milkweed. I never thought much of them until I bought a book about the local history of my town and found this picture: Who knew those funny looking weeds played such an important roll in saving […]

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Free Download – 1940 Simplicity PreVue Fashions

I have another free download for you! This little eight page booklet by Simplicity was published in 1939 and features their new line of patterns for the February 1940 season. It’s full of gorgeous illustrations in some surprisingly bright colors. Please feel free to link to this page, pin this page, or send your friends […]

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Sears and Roebuck 1942 Reproduction Outfit

Here it is! My Fall For Cotton project inspired by a “Farmerette” outfit in the Fall/Winter Sears and Roebuck catalog from 1942. You can read more about my inspiration here, and see more garment construction photos here. I think that about sums it up as far as outfit explanation, so let’s just get to the […]

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Fall For Cotton – my project preview

My Fall For Cotton projects are finished!! If you saw my inspiration post, you’d know I’ve been trying to recreate a women’s farm/factory outfit from the Fall/Winter Sears and Roebuck catalog of 1942. I put the buttons on my shirt this afternoon (nothing like procrastinating your own sewalong haha!) so I’m going to share some […]

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Using Non Printed Vintage Patterns – The Basics

One thing that may intimidate people from using 1940′s patterns is the fact that many of them are “un-printed” or blank. This means that you won’t find any markings on the tissue like you do on modern sewing patterns. This lack of information is a little startling at first glance, but soon you’ll see that […]

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Farmerette Trousers – Take 1

I have to thank everyone for their kind words on my stress induced blog post yesterday. I loved all the suggestions on how to deal, and I actually ended up getting a lot of things done because of your ideas. I snuggled with Lucille and the kitties for a while, watched an embarrassing amount of […]

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